paul178 created the topic: Testing the B-24 water ditching
Have you seen this from our colonial friends? I would post it in a more appropriate forum but the forum does not want me to change category
So what did that prove? IMO not a lot about survivability. The aircraft ditched in a flat calm with two crew and if you notice the glass nose was fared over, and look at the extent of the damage. My Father flew Libs and had 572 hours on this type. On conversion a nice Major from the USAAF said if it is at all possible bale out otherwise it will be your coffin. The guy from Consolidated who was with him said nothing but sat there scowling.
A better vid would be a damaged Lib trying to ditch in rough sea possibly at night with a full crew and see how many survived.(not that I would really want anyone to do that!)
brianj replied the topic: Testing the B-24 water ditching
Great video - gives a vivid impression of how dangerous ditching a plane would be. Actual conditions would be a lot worse.
If you find anymore videos of liberators this is a great place to display them.
TortyR replied the topic: Testing the B-24 water ditching
My uncle was a rear gunner with the 220 out in the Algarve. He ditched 3 times and is still here to talk about it. Apparently he rigged up a cord so he could bail out quicker. Once the Captain gave the order to abandon ship, he pulled the cord ,and was out.